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AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum Archive

Re: Slavery books
In Response To: Re: Loudoun County, VA, Book ()

Hi David,

I see we're on the same page with this one :)

And I agree that you learn a lot from other folks footnotes and source materials. I suppose I was just reacting to the rather simplistic "evils of slavery" and "poor Miss Ann oppressed woman" approach in the book - we already know slavery was terrible - so tell us something us understand a specific area... *sigh* and with all the research she did - it provided little on Loudoun black families - which would help anyone trying to find their people.

Nuff said - I agree we should post more books that are helpful - with reviews.

I will wade through my bookshelf in the next few weeks, and post a few more that specifically address slavery, and try to review them - though any review is bound to be subjective.

One of my favorites (which I think I wrote about earlier) - is a comparison study between slavery in the south and the Caribbean is "Africa in America: Slave Acculturation and Resistance in the American South and British Caribbean 1736-1831", by Michael Mullin, Univ. of Illinois Press 1992

What is particularly significant - is that he not only makes cross cultural comparisons - but also looks at different phases in slavery; the Early period - with the arrival of New Africans (1730's -60's) a second phase of plantation slaves born locally (from the 1750's to early 1800's) and a third phase with more acculturated blacks, both slave and free.

He also has great notes and an extensive bibliography - with lots of useful primary and secondary materials referenced.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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